From left to right: Dr. Guy Sauvageau, Chief Executive Officer at IRIC, Dr. Chantal Guimont, Captain of the Équipe féminine du Parc de la Mauricie – Défi 105 km, Marie-Josée Gervais, Founder of the Défis du Parc national de la Mauricie, Dr. Robert Patenaude, IRIC Spokesperson and Captain of the Perseverance Challenge

From left to right: Dr. Guy Sauvageau, Chief Executive Officer at IRIC, Dr. Chantal Guimont, Captain of the Équipe féminine du Parc de la Mauricie – Défi 105 km, Marie-Josée Gervais, Founder of the Défis du Parc national de la Mauricie, Dr. Robert Patenaude, IRIC Spokesperson and Captain of the Perseverance Challenge

The fourth edition of the Perseverance Challenge organized for the Perseverance Challenge Fund of the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) at the Université de Montréal has raised $320,000.

That amount goes towards financing the IRIC Next Generation Internship and IRIC Perseverance Challenge scholarships. To date, the Perseverance Challenge Fund has awarded 106 grants totaling more than $1,000,000.

Under the leadership of Dr. Robert Patenaude, IRIC spokesperson and captain of the Perseverance Challenge, this sports-benefit challenge was held on September 21 and 22 as part of the Défis du Parc national de la Mauricie (Mauricie National Park Challenges). That organization, founded by Marie-Josée Gervais, has as its goal the promotion of participation in sports activity through people meeting personal challenges.

This year, more than 200 cyclists and runners participated in the Défis for the benefit of IRIC. Of those participants, 105 women cyclists of the Équipe féminine du Parc de la Mauricie took on the 105-km test as part of a fitness program. Thanks to this initiative, emergency physician Dr. Chantal Guimont, the participants raised a record total of $67,000.

At a cocktail reception held on October 17 to thank the participants, Dr. Patenaude saluted “the involvement of the Équipe féminine du Parc de la Mauricie – Défi 105 km and the generous contribution of all those participating in research to fight cancer.” Recalling that the disease remains the leading cause of death in Canada, he pointed out that “IRIC is a unique research platform through its concern for developing innovative curricula that attract the best students from around the world to the Institute.”

Finally, on behalf of the Institute, Dr. Guy Sauvageau, CEO of IRIC, thanked the volunteers, participants, donors and sponsors − including National Bank, Uni-Select, MBA Research and Labatt Breweries − as well as the organizers of the Défis du Parc national de la Mauricie, while recognizing the exceptional recurring donation of the Fondation Famille Gosselin.

About the IRIC Perseverance Challenge Fund

The IRIC Next Generation Internship program accommodates outstanding students who participate in an internship in order to pursue graduate studies. The IRIC Perseverance Challenge scholarships, meanwhile, are awarded to students enrolled in the master’s program in systems biology whose training is based on a theoretical and practical approach. Both scholarship programs are focused on cancer research.

View the 2013 Perseverance Challenge video!

Source:

Manon Pepin
Director, Communications and Media Relations
Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC)
Phone: 514 343-7283
Email: manon.pepin@iric.ca